Jewish Guy – Jonathan

New Question:  Why do you deserve to be Jewish Guy of the Year?

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Jonathan
You spend a lot of time in the Library of Congress. What are you doing there?
I am working with a group of authors at the Library of Congress on a book the Library is publishing called Football Nation. The book uses the Library’s vast archives to show football’s history and influence on business, politics and culture in American society.

Tell us about your announcing jobs!
I hold the record for being the youngest person ever to announce a horse race in the United States. I started announcing when I was 14 years old and have announced at 18 racetracks in the United States and Great Britain (www.jjhorowitz.com). For several years I was the American guest announcer at the Glorious Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester, England. Last week I was offered a job announcing at a racetrack in Denver during the summer. I also announce other sports such as boxing, basketball and baseball. In addition I was traveling to Southern California quite a bit last fall to work as a spotter for the announcer for San Diego Chargers football games. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV8ijnBh8KQ

Is it true you kidnapped your neighbor’s Christmas tree and wrapped it in Hanukkah wrapping paper?

Christmas Tree with Chanukah wrapping paper

The hostage Christmas tree with Chanukah wrapping paper

Don’t tell anybody. My family’s neighbor in Orange County, California, is a former Irvine City Council member. A year ago he had this mechanical reindeer in front of his house that would bob its head up and down. We put a yarmulke on its head and some Jewish star bling around its neck. He thought it was pretty funny and joked that it was a hate crime. This past year he had these mini-Christmas trees that lit up. We wrapped them in Chanukah wrapping paper, left a bottle of Kedem grape juice, and a sign that said something like, “Are you tired of your Jewish neighbors vandalizing your home? If so, call 1-900-JEW-AWAY.” He and his wife liked it, especially the grape juice, but I wonder if that’s one of the reasons why he decided to put his house on sale a month later. So he’s moving, but we’ll figure out where he lives and do something new next year. You hear that, Chris, it’s like “Hotel California”…”you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

If you could step into one part of the Torah, which part would it be, and what would you do?
Parshat Haazinu is when Moses addresses the Jewish people from Mount Nevo for the final time before he dies. The parshah is very special my family because it was my father and brother’s bar mitzvah parshah, and it has a special history with my grandfather in Jacmierz, Poland. So I would like to be at that Biblical scene and hear the “Song of Moses” in person because it means so much to my family.

If you had a staff like Moses, what animal would it turn into when you threw it down?
Since I just saw the trailer for The Hangover Part II, I would have the staff turn into a monkey.

Where can we find you on a Friday night?
I’ve really enjoyed living in Washington DC for the past six months. The Jewish community here is really neat because people come from all over the world and are so outgoing. I like going to Shabbat dinners at Chabad, MesorahDC and other synagogues, enjoying good food, and meeting new people.